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Vietnam’s new lifestyle hub: Cocobay

The development near Da Nang is set to become a popular luxury destination for tourists and residents alike. Illustration by REMKO HEEMSKERK

Tourists to Da Nang often travel the short journey to the old town of Hoi An. But now in between the two cities is Cocobay, a brand new development set to become another popular destination for tourists and a luxurious, family-friendly place to live.

Built by a Vietnamese conglomerate, the area is being developed in three phases. The first phase is just opening now, with the final phase expected to be complete by 2020. Once it’s fully operating, Cocobay will feature 14 hotels, a theatre, shopping, an observatory, 10 restaurants and much more. Large, open green spaces allow kids to work off some of their energy. Cocobay also hosts Cocofest, an annual August event of musical performances by international acts and other entertainment, as well as lavish nightly cabaret performances at the Dollhouse.

Venturing out is easy, thanks to the Coco Bus Tour, which helps to familiarise visitors with Da Nang’s attractions in an open-top bus. And, of course, Cocobay is connected to the beach, so an escape to the sea is just steps away.

Cocobay Promenade

Cocobay Promenade

The promenade features theme hotels and restaurants, such as Bisou Hotel with its French colonial style and the brightly painted Latido. Sprawling over 7.6 hectares, the promenade is scheduled to open this month.

Cocobay Towers

Cocobay Towers

This two-tower, 48-storey hotel and condo complex, which includes an observatory 175 metres above ground, is set to offer sweeping views of the area. It is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2020.

Vanessa Beach Club

Vanessa Beach Club

Housed in a contemporary, tropical-style villa, this beach club offers a lounge and a restaurant. It’s Cocobay’s main partying and clubbing spot, with DJs playing till late.

Cocobay Entertainment Hall

Cocobay Entertainment Hall

This multi-purpose function space boasts a high-tech seating system that can be transformed electronically to suit the event. It is expected to open this year.

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